Boxing Day cricket news: Anrich Nortje hit by “Spider-Cam”, cameraman resigned

The cameraman piloting the ‘Flying Fox’ that graced South African bowler Anrich Nortje was detached but the camera was back in action on the third day.

The cameraman who operated the “Spider Cam” when it crashed into South African pace bowler Anrich Nortje has been detached.

Nortje went right in front of the wicket between overs on Tuesday when he was knocked out by the camera after she hit him from behind at high speed.

The fiery Quick was lucky enough to escape the incident unscathed aside from a sore left elbow and a sore shoulder, but it raised questions about the workings of the camera and whether it’s flying too close to players.

Fox has since withdrawn the operator involved in the incident and has taken action to prevent the incident from happening again.

The technology, dubbed ‘Flying Fox’ by Fox Cricket, was back in action on Wednesday when Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive Todd Greenberg described the ordeal as “something we can’t see happen again”. defendant.

“I saw that live and when he went down I was really worried … it knocked him off his feet,” Greenberg said on SEN.

“That would be very disconcerting for a player on the field just concentrating on the ball.

“I spoke to CA about it and I spoke to the broadcasters who formalized some things so that it doesn’t happen again. Obviously it’s a mistake that shouldn’t happen and won’t happen again. ”


Fiery South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje says players have previously expressed concern about how low “spider” cameras fly over the ground after he was hit by one on the field on Tuesday.

Nortje was going straight over the wicket between overs when the spider cam, or ‘flying fox’ as it’s branded on Fox Cricket, hit him from behind at high speed, severing the back of his left shoulder and elbow.

Luckily, the unusual incident didn’t seriously affect him during the day, as the scorching speed erupted in excess of 150km/h lightning all afternoon, despite the high 30-degree heat.

The technology gives broadcasters access to close-ups of players during the game, giving viewers a view of what’s happening on the pitch.

But after a barren day on the field that saw the Australians go at 3/386, Nortje revealed players had been concerned about the camera even before the incident.

“I saw cables, moved, turned my head and saw the camera, but I was a little late. It was pretty quick,” he said.

“The only thing we’ve talked about before is how low it is and it probably shouldn’t be.

“Unless it’s for interviews or something – I don’t know exactly – but I don’t think it should travel at head height.”

Nortje said his elbow was “a bit sore” but otherwise felt unharmed.

“It didn’t really change my attitude. I tried to stay focused,” he said.

The broadcaster apologized to the visitors team management and Nortje and will check how low they are broadcasting the camera, a South African official confirmed after the day’s game.


Robert Craddock

Australian cricket leads a strange double life.

The vibrant showcase of a Boxing Day Test, with a bustling Australia running rampant, gives no indication of the chaos that reigns in the corridors of power.

Cricket looked like the most important game in the world as Australia demolished South Africa in front of 60,000 fans at the MCG.

But around the same time that the fifth wicket fell in South Africa’s chaotic first innings, News Corp announced that Channel 7 had set a 5pm deadline on Tuesday for CA to complete its bid for the next round of televised cricket could accept rights.

For a network that is currently taking legal action against CA – and wants to be a future partner – this is a big challenge.

Marriage proposals are usually not subject to a deadline. Seven and CA officials don’t love each other but need each other in what may be the strangest and most intriguing legal talks in recent Australian sporting history.

The threat of a deadline is a significant moment because it says everything about how the balance of power between a money-needed CA and interested but cash-conscious broadcasters has changed in this very delicate negotiation.

The message for Cricket Australia from the deadline threat – one they had already sensed – is that cricket rights for free-to-air networks have lost their halo.

Channel 9 executives used to say: “Look, we may have paid too much, but the halo effect of cricket just means so much.”

No longer. Dollars and cents have been replaced with dollars and sense.

When the television rights were last awarded in 2018, there was a massive scuffle between the broadcasters and the wild bidding war ended under extremely dramatic circumstances.

Channel 10 officials thought they had received an unofficial nod, they had the rights and were just beginning their celebrations when they were told Channel 7 had made a late offer five minutes before midnight.

This time there is no tension.

The sound of bean counters frantically typing in numbers in 2018 has been replaced by the sound of crickets as Cricket Australia eagerly awaits their favorite free-to-air options Nine or Seven to offer that extra buck they crave (so they can fetch Fox Cricket can work together). ).

CA officials have been force-fed the realization that there is no perfect free-to-air partner.

Channel 10-Paramount had by far the largest bid ($1.5 billion), but it’s a low-rated channel with little recent record of live televised sports. This worries CA.

The AFL used a large dollar offer from Paramount to persuade Channel 7 to increase its offering and keep its broadcasting rights.

Cricket has tried to do the same, but the problem is that Nine and Seven don’t want Cricket to the same desperate lengths that Seven wanted the AFL.

The bottom line for Cricket is that it may have to sacrifice big dollars and leave its product in the hands of broadcasters working to revive the Big Bash and keep Test Cricket strong.

Originally released as a cameraman who controlled the “spider-cam” that hit Anrich Nortje, he was withdrawn Boxing Day cricket news: Anrich Nortje hit by “Spider-Cam”, cameraman resigned

Ryan Sederquist

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